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Catlin History

Early Catlin history

Early Museum history

Photos from Catlin History

People, businesses, sports teams, school classes and more.

Newspaper Clippings

Items from Danville and Catlin newspapers.

Miscellaneous historical stories:

Neighbors helping neighbors – Story

Coal around Catlin – Story

A Stoplight to RememberStory

Stop Light

Catlin Fire Protection celebrates 50 years – Story

First National Bank of Catlin marks 100 years of business Story

Mystery Answered

Stone in Catlin City Park names mine superintendent. Story, picture

Stone in City Park

The Squires Family, Catlin Pioneers

Squires family from Catlin recalled by 1923 school reunion pamphlet. Story

Maple Sugar

Maple sugar making and a Maple Sugar Camp in Catlin are remembered. Story

Class of 1932

Class of 1932

Scrapbook traces history of Catlin High School's Class of 1932. (From the August 2003 newsletter)

Story, pictures    

1934 Phone Book

Who was "1" in Catlin in 1934? You can find it in that year's Illinois Bell telephone directory.

Story, lists    

1934 phone book

Church drawing

Mary's scrapbook

A sketch from Mary A. Church's scrapbook, drawn when she had the mumps at age 80.

High School History

A history of Catlin High School and a list of alumni from 1882 to 1922 from the 1923 school yearbook.

The Old Seminary


Civil War Letter

A soldier's letter describes the 1861 Battle of Belmont.

War Letters

Article from the February 2002 Newsletter reprints letters from Lt. William H. Busby (World War I) and Lt. Rose Caroline Krusich (World War II).

Entrance to Jones Grove

Virtual Tour

Society volunteers lead a virtual tour of Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin.

1941 Catlin

Postcards by Gerald Cunningham provide a window to the Catlin of 1941.

Sandusky Street in 1941

Catlin Fair

Links to information about the Catlin Fair and the Vermilion County Agricultural and Mechanical Association.

Moody Family Photos

Photos of the Hinton and Moody families contributed by George Joseph (Joe) Moody.

Original landowners

Database lists the original landowners in present-day Catlin Township with explanations and maps.

1908 Train Wreck

Newspaper article describes the wreck of the Continental Limited in Catlin in 1908.

1908 train wreck

Bentley residence

1915 Directory

List of patrons for a 1915 atlas of Vermilion County with pictures of people and residences.

George Patterson

1936 newspaper interview with George Patterson who came to Catlin during the Civil War.

Catlin Power Plant

Article by Herman Byerly from the Catlin Church of Christ booklet Catlin Homecoming concerning the Catlin Power Plant.

Catlin Power Plant

Glass-sided hearse

Early Catlin Photographer

Newsletter article by Shirley Nesbitt on Clarence "Tad" Church whose photographs and photographic equipment have been donated to the Catlin Heritage Museum.

Opera House

1961 newspaper article on history of the Opera House

1881 ad for Dramatic Entertainment

1881 Ad

1881 advertisement promotes a "Dramatic Entertainment" at the Catlin Seminary.

On the Back

An 1879 end-of-year letter from Tilton Brothers to its customers.

Catlin Inventor

Newsletter article by Shirley Nesbitt on Catlin inventor Charles V. Champion Sr.